PRINCE RUPERT, B.C.- This week the City issued a Request for Proposals to complete the first phase of our multi-phased Water Treatment project, which is anticipated to be fully completed in 2023.
Over the course of the last year, the City has been collecting water quality data and working with the Province to develop a clear path forward for the project, following the award of Investing in Canada Infrastructure grant funds in August of 2019.
This first step towards a new water treatment facility will see the selected proponent assess our water supply system as well as the specific qualities of our above-ground water supply, and provide a recommendation for treatment based on the properties of our local water. From there, the second phase will be contracting out a design and identifying an appropriate location. Following a City and Provincial efficiency review will be the approval of designs and award of a contract for construction, with ground anticipated to be broken on the project in early 2022.
In the Spring, progress on this project was somewhat delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which impacted capacity at all levels of government. As we move into the Fall/Winter, project activities with Provincial oversight have resumed, and the City is pleased to see the project advancing. Although the exact form of treatment is not yet known, the end result will be a water treatment facility with multiple barriers of treatment that will replace our current single-barrier of treatment, and will serve the community for generations to come.
The development of a water treatment facility is a component of Phase 3 of the City’s overarching water infrastructure capital replacement plan. Phase 1 was the replacement and burial of a portion of the major water supply line to Woodworth Lake, and the construction of an access road to the dam, which was completed in 2018. Phase 2, currently in progress, is the replacement of the City’s 100 year old dam, which is approximately 20% through its construction and will be finished by the end of 2021.
Veronika Stewart, Communications Manager
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